U.S. Grad Rate Increases; Is It Enough?

A new report published by the Lumina Foundation this week shows a slight increase in the number of Americans who hold postsecondary degrees. U.S. Census data puts the percentage of Americans with either two- or four-year college degrees in 2014 at 40.4%, up from 40.0% in 2012 and 37.9% in 2008.... Read More »



April 7th is National Institutions Coming Out Day! This movement, started last year by the United We Dream Network, celebrates institutions working toward education equity for undocumented youth. Meritus supports undocumented students and provides each of our Scholars with scholarship funding,... Read More »


Talking Financial Aid with I’m First

We were recently invited to co-host First Gen Office Hour! This monthly Twitter chat is hosted by I'm First, a community committed to supporting and celebrating first-generation college students. The theme of March's chat was "decoding financial aid award letters." We were joined by... Read More »

Why College? It’s Not Just The Money

At Meritus, we work hard to ensure that all of our Scholars have the resources they need to graduate from college and go on to successful careers. And while it’s well known that college graduates make more money than their less-educated peers, the benefits of a college degree go well beyond... Read More »

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To, Through, and After College: Meritus at the NCAN Conference

A central belief of the Meritus Career Development Program is that the experience of being the first in their families to attend college, while challenging, provides our Scholars with a unique set of assets as they enter the workforce. This week Executive Director Diana Wolf and Director of... Read More »

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College Scorecard Reading List

On September 12th President Obama unveiled the new College Scorecard, a database that provides a host of information such as graduation rate, percentage of first-generation students, and typical debt load for more than 3,500 colleges and universities. This was exciting news for Meritus, as we will... Read More »